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BBC2 repeating programmes up to nine hours a day

August 14, 2011 - London

Contrary to the popular perception created by publicity campaigns that BBC2 is dominated by high-profile new programmes, the channel is actually repeating shows up to nine hours a day.

According to the Daily Mail, the programme schedules are so jammed with repeats that viewers may have to wait until as late as 8 p.m. to see an original programme.

The nine hours of repeat telecast on the channel does not even include old films or children's programmes from CBeebies and CBBC.

The situation could get even worse as the Corporation, whose licence fee has been frozen for the next six years, prepares for another round of spending cuts.

However, a BBC spokeswoman said that the number of repeats had actually declined.

She said that according to official figures currently only 28 per cent of programmes at peak time were repeats, compared with 32 per cent two years ago.

"We have made it clear recent efficiency cuts mean we will focus on the heart of the schedule, which may see an increase in repeats. What we have worked hard at is keeping them down in peak time", she added.


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